Simon Cowell, David Walliams, Alesha Dixon and Amanda Holden have reportedly already decided which act has been selected for the Britain’s Got Talent wildcard and Steve Hewlett should almost certainly be given the spot.
The first reason is that it was stated on air that the final semi final was particularly tough and Steve did especially well to take third behind odds-on favourites for victory Attraction and Jordan O’Keefe.
Meanwhile, Britain’s Got Talent also needs some different acts in the final, rather than just a selection of young singers and dancers.
Of the 11 confirmed finalists, six are singers and another two are dancers. If the favourite to get the wildcard Joseph Hall does indeed get the spot, this will be another dancer.
With various other programmes such as The Voice and Got To Dance on the TV, these acts lend themselves more to these shows.
Acts like comedian Jack Carroll and ventriloquist Hewlett do not have such opportunities and their sort of performances are more in keeping with the setting of the Royal Variety Performance.
One potential reason for Steve not making it through is that Simon is the head judge and he does not seem particularly enamoured with true variety acts. It certainly appeared difficult for him to admit that Steve was so good in his semi final.
Furthermore, there is more money to made from music artists and so for this reason another singer to make the final is possible, which boosts the possibility of Jack and Cormac being given a second chance.
In terms of the Britain’s Got Talent betting, Attraction are the clear favourites at 1/3, but it is hard to believe that they can improve on the performances that have brought the house down in their audition and semi final.
Alternatively, it is 50/1 that whoever is named as the wildcard wins the show.
Much is liable to come down to the running order on the night though, with those performing closer to the end of the show clearly having an obvious advantage.
All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing.